Warren Truss praises Llew O'Brien on Wide Bay selection
UPDATE: Former Deputy Prime Minister and member for Wide Bay Warren Truss has congratulated Gympie LNP member Llew O'Brien on his pre-selection for the seat he will vacate at the next election.
"I worked closely with Llew for many years and deeply appreciate his service to communities in the Wide Bay and our party," he said
"Llew O'Brien has the commitment and skills to provide strong and effective representation and I know he will be a safe pair of hands for our region."
EARLIER: Llew O'Brien is "proud and honoured" to have been chosen by the LNP to stand for the seat of Wide Bay at the next election, replacing former Deputy Prime Minister and Nationals Leader Warren Truss.
Speaking from his Gympie home, Mr O'Brien said he was close to Mr Truss and that it was very humbling to be chosen to run for his seat.
"It is a great privilege that they endorsed me," he said.
"It's my opportunity to prove to the people of the Wide Bay that I am fit to represent them in Canberra."
Mr O'Brien said he loved the Wide Bay region, where he has lived and raised his family for the past 27 years.
Former Queensland deputy premier Jeff Seeney had expressed interest in the seat, which had been held by Truss since 1990, but withdrew from contention, leaving Fortescue Metals external relations director Tim Langmead, Tourism Noosa chief executive Damien Massingham and LNP vice-president and police officer Llew O'Brien to battle for pre-selection.
A short vote was held yesterday afternoon and O'Brien was successful in gaining pre-selection.
Mr Truss was a supporter of Mr O'Brien's candidacy.
He had been a sometimes controversial figures within the LNP of which had been a member for 10 years.
Mr O'Brien was found to have "inappropriately accessed Queensland Police Service information pertaining to two Liberal National party pre-selection candidates for the seat of Nanango prior to the 2012 state election" by a police ethical standards command investigation, completed in October 2014.
He faced action from the police service by no adverse finding was recorded on his police record.
Standing for the seat of Wide Bay
Llew O'Brien is currently working as a police officer in the Kilkivan region, but that could soon change after he was endorsed by the LNP to run for the seat of Wide Bay.